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Wick Sloane ’76 despairs.

My name is Wick, and I have been a NACUBO member.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers this week nailed at least $4 million to the fall tuition bills going out to strapped families and students this month. NACUBO gathered more than 1,000 higher education business officers and 200-plus vendors at a Mardi Gras in New Orleans…. I mean, an annual meeting, “Crossroads: New Beginnings Built on Valued Traditions.” Those traditions being, for example, free food, an umbrella from Microsoft in the registration bag and a golf tournament with the Beverage Cart sponsored by Higher One, a cash-card company, I think.

I missed the meeting. I toured the meeting Web site, and I wept. I don’t think college in the U.S. will ever be anything but even more expensive. What’s exasperating is that I like the hundreds of NACUBO members I know. These are men and women who are kind, good people. The sum of the parts, though, is a black hole.

Any Eph attendees?

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#1 Comment By frank uible On August 12, 2007 @ 12:09 pm

Part of the agenda of any meeting involving more than seven for poker is deliberation over a possible means to get outsiders to pay for the “party” of those meeting. Two large conspiratorial groups which do it magnificently every four years come quickly to mind in particular. It’s the American way.